Egypt’s Nonsensical Elections
Bribes and imprisonment of tough political contenders, show that the only way that Sisi could probably be removed from power is all because of an eight-year limit on presidency
In Egypt, the elections conducted late this March demonstrate a strong slashing of democratic values, as it appears that Sisi will be returning to power with a landslide victory. This is despite the fact that his government had routinely failed to respect human rights; from removing political hopefuls to curtailing freedoms, the previous government had increasingly been interested in putting Egypt’s reputation, with developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, who actively contribute aid to the nation, in grave peril, as the question of how those states simply serve as onlookers to this failing of democracy in Egypt, continues to emerge.
The elections in Egypt were a complete nonsense for other reasons too — firstly, the elections had provided very little scope of monitoring for organizations, which was a stark enough contrast to the conditions in which the 2014 elections had been conducted. Secondly, many political hopefuls were browbeaten into removing themselves from contesting in the elections. And finally, the primary challenger to Sisi, Mousa Mostafa Mousa, had until very recently, supported the notion of Sisi running for government a second time; Mousa had stated prior to the elections that his intention for contesting in this year’s elections was only to demonstrate that it still portrayed a democratic equation of some sort.
The continuity of this cycle of working against democratic values for Sisi and all those seemingly in alliance with him, is making Egypt’s fate appear largely uncertain. It is also such a tragic insult to the revolution that had recently manged to place the state on the map and also at the forefront of grand hopes for positive change.